Rap­pers start Word War 3

Rutherglen Reformer - - Reader Travel - Peter Cas­sidy

It may be the sea­son of good­will but bat­tle lines were drawn as a Ruther­glen high school took on pupils from other schools in Hamil­ton.

The pupils were only shoot­ing from the lip as they faced each other in a com­pe­ti­tion which sees them pit their wits in a dis­play of per­for­mance, writ­ing and de­bat­ing skills.

Trin­ity High faced teams from Hamil­ton’s Holy Cross High and Larkhall Acad­emy in ed­u­ca­tion re­sources’ an­nual bat­tle rap con­test Word War.

This was the third an­nual fi­nal of the com­pe­ti­tion.

This year’s top­ics for the bat­tle rap de­bates were: Christ­mas is too com­mer­cialised, celebri­ties are a bad in­flu­ence and the best ed­u­ca­tion takes place out­side schools.

Scot­tish rap­pers Dar­ren ‘Loki’ McGar­vey and David Cook, aka Em­cee So­lar­eye from Ed­in­burgh six-piece Stan­ley Odd were part of the judg­ing panel.

Rap­ping in teams of two, six pupils from each school aimed to de­liver their sharpest lines with the great­est style.

South La­nark­shire Coun­cil head of ed­u­ca­tion Tony McDaid said: “We are de­lighted to see young peo­ple en­gaged in de­vel­op­ing their lit­er­acy skills in such a rel­e­vant and dy­namic way.

“This is the third time the event has been or­gan­ised for our schools by South La­nark­shire Coun­cil and each year we see an in­cred­i­bly high stan­dard of per­for­mance.”

The Trin­ity High School pupils in­volved were Olivia Devlin, Bethany Fer­gu­son and Emma Ste­wart, who ar­gued that celebri­ties are a harm­ful in­flu­ence, and Mor­ven McNi­col, Malise Cullen and Anna Brown, who ar­gued against the state­ment “the best ed­u­ca­tion takes place out­side of school”.

The win­ning rap­pers were Larkhall Acad­emy.

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